With Google’s latest Android kit ‘Ice-cream Sandwich’ knocking the door, NVIDIA has said that its quad-core processor will be hitting the tablet market by the end of this year. This was pretty much expected after Microsoft asked the hardware companies to power their Windows 8 tablets with a quad-core processor.
Although NVIDIA’s announcement has nothing to with the requirements of Ice-cream Sandwich as rumors are that there are no new hardware requirements for Ice-cream Sandwich, still a boost in the processor speed does no harm and is welcomed by people who are looking forward to a buy an Android tablet.
This is what NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang had to say: “the guys at NVIDIA are the only people seriously on the dance floor with Qualcomm.” He also said that NVIDIA’s next generation of processors will also hit the smartphone market. Looks like NVIDIA and Android are aware of the threats that can be provided by Windows 8 tablets and they are doing their best to match up to them.
With the increase in processor we can also expect an increase in the amount of RAM. This update may not be significant for regular users, but it can be very handy for people who love gaming on their tablet as developers can look forward to make better games for Android tablets.
NVIDIA has complete control over the Android tablet market share (nearly 70%) but it will definitely like to improve its market share in the smartphone world. The company’s CEO said that the next generation processors will definitely help the company to grow its market share in the Smartphone world (which is still around 50%). Although we don’t think NVIDIA will show up with a quad-core processor for smartphones before Q2 2012.
With more power under the hood Tablets will definitely become a more serious threats to PC’s but do you think a quad-core processor is necessary in tablets?